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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History is accepting registrations for its 16th annual fossil dig at the Thomas Farm in Gilchrist County, to be held April 10-15. Ornithology curator David Steadman and other Florida Museum scientists will lead participants in excavating 18-million-year-old fossils of many species, including alligators, tortoises, horses, birds, bats and lizards.

Registration for the event, “Hummingbird Challenge III,” includes evening lectures by fossil experts, guided morning nature walks and all meals.

“Thomas Farm is a beautiful setting and is considered one of North America’s premier fossil sites,” said group leader Steadman. “This is a great trip for both novice and expert fossil hunters and this year we will continue our quest to find hummingbird fossils at the site.”

Registration deadline is March 30 and space is limited. Cost is $210 per person for two nights; additional nights are $60 per person.

For more information or to register for this fun-filled fossil dig, contact Steadman by e-mail,, or call (352) 392-1721, ext. 464.

Contact: Paul Ramey, (352) 846-2000, ext. 218,
Writer: Christine Eschenfelder